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“Don’t Gamble on Illinois’ Future,” by Andy Martin

December 31, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

A New Year’s message from Andy Martin

DON’T GAMBLE ON ILLINOIS’ FUTURE

(CHICAGO)(January 1, 2008) I am a candidate for the United States Senate. As such, during the course of campaigning I try to restrict my campaign activity to “national” issues that I would be called on to deal with as a senator. I am not running for the Illinois General Assembly nor do I propose to tell our state legislators how to vote.

Nevertheless, one issue which is under consideration by the General Assembly is of such critical importance to the future of our state that I feel compelled to make my personal views known, and strongly:

Don’t Gamble on Illinois’ Future by Expanding Gambling.

Democrats and Republicans are debating, considering, negotiating and horse trading whether to expand gambling in Illinois as a means of rebuilding mass transit and rebuilding our road system. Rebuilding both our dilapidated mass transit system and rebuilding our decayed and deteriorated highway system are essential. But gambling is not the way to fund these critical government operations.

First, we need honest and mature leadership in Springfield, if that is possible. We need leaders who will tell the People of Illinois what we don’t want to hear.

We have been underinvesting in our road and transit systems for so long that they now need massive investment just to get them operational again. Someone who drives on our state’s highways should not be risking their life. Likewise, riding the CTA, Metra or PACE should not impose a death sentence on the unlucky traveler caught in a breakdown.

The actions of our leaders have been scandalous. I have filed a lawsuit against the CTA/RTA to ban “funny money” bookkeeping. They have been making payroll out of capital funding accounts. Business executives would go to jail for such legerdemain. So should RTA/CTA officials who engage in similar deceptive behavior.

And so, initially, we need to admit to ourselves that our leaders have been deceiving us about the true cost of a decent highway program and decent mass transit. They have been promising something-for-nothing and we have been only too eager to believe these false representations. Good government, good roads, good transit all cost money. We have not been paying the bill, and the deferred bill can no longer be ignored or delayed any further.

Secondly, we can avoid new taxes and new debt if we work together to expand economic opportunity in Illinois. Instead of raising taxes, let’s try to raise the amount of tax revenue we generate through productive economic activity. Proposals for ruinous tax increases on business do not create the kind of investment climate we need. We scare away new businesses, new investments, and new jobs with such vindictive legislation.

Likewise, suggestions that we can afford to offer socialized medicine to everyone in Illinois who needs more medical care are similar pie-in-the-sky proposals. I will do my best to deal with health care at the national level. That’s going to be my job, and I will succeed. It is not a job for local legislators or governors. Merely labeling discretionary social welfare programs as “rights” does not convert lead into gold. The gold is missing.

As our U. S. Senator I will do my best to see we get a fair slice of the federal pie. But I can’t promise relief overnight. I can’t promise to secure funding for programs in Illinois that other senators also want for their states, until we enact national policies. So we are back where we must of necessity begin, having to pay our own way and having to decide what our priorities will be. The reality is we don’t have money for frills, because we have past due bills to pay for the basics.

Gambling is a seductive option. But it is also an inefficient and immoral one.

Gambling encourages spending by those who can least afford it. Back in the 1980’s I helped file one of the first “gambling addiction” lawsuits that identified gambling as an addictive activity. I do not gamble but I am very familiar with the evils that it fosters: organized crime, prostitution and other similar calamities for our communities. And destitution. The last thing we need to do is encourage more addictive activity by either our own citizens or visitors to Illinois.

Gambling also has a moral dimension. I find it abhorrent that we are trying to encourage people to “gamble” as a means of achieving the basics of life that we should be working together to provide through economic opportunity: through better education, better jobs and a better economic environment for business. Illinoisans are capable of greatness, great opportunities, great energies and great potential, all among our citizens. Let’s strive for greatness, and unlock and unleash our potential to build a future without resort to gambling and all of the evils that accompany that activity.

In the short run, relying on gambling as a way of financing basic public services in our state is a losing gamble. In the long run, relying on fanciful funding for basic public services is a prescription for disaster and social decay.

For the sake of our children and grandchildren, and for our own sake and self-respect, I implore Illinois legislative leaders to work together to solve our problems without resort to expanded gambling in Illinois.

I want to restore Illinois to greatness, and to our rightful place at the center of this great nation; the General Assembly will be diminishing our future if it chooses gambling as a solution to our problems. Honesty, integrity and mature, adult leadership are essential to rebuilding and building a great Illinois. Vote NO on new gambling.

Andy Martin

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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com. Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Web site: AndyforUSSenator.com.

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Andy Martin discloses that Andy McKenna repeatedly gave campaign cash to Dick Durbin

December 27, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN SAYS ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN ANDY MCKENNA IS “CHRONIC CASH” CONTRIBUTOR TO SENATOR DICK DURBIN, MUST STEP DOWN OR FACE ACTION

STATE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ASKED TO SET ASIDE “ENDORSEMENT” OF DURBIN STOOGE AS REPUBLICAN PARTY “ENDORSED” CANDIDATE

[Web text of release:
http://www.pr-inside.com/andy-martin-charges-illinois-republican-chairman-r363764.htm%5D

(CHICAGO)(December 28, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a telephone news conference Friday, December 28th at 2:00 P.M. to document that Illinois Republican Party leader Andy McKenna has been a chronic contributor to Senator Dick Durbin.

“Andy McKenna is the ‘Manchurian Candidate’ of Illinois Republicans,” Martin will state. “McKenna has given campaign cash to Dick Durbin on four and possibly five occasions, and he persists in his charade of seeking candidates to ‘oppose’ Durbin. McKenna got the members of the State Central Committee to ‘endorse’ a Durbin stooge as my primary opponent. This is sickening, disgusting, and crooked ‘Combine’ politics. There is no way to de-emphasize or understate what McKenna is doing to corrupt, destroy and defeat the Illinois Republican Party.

“The public records speak for themselves. Republicans can click on the links, and then weep at what has happened to them:

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=IL&last=McKenna&first=Andrew&city=&zip=&xst=&next=75

http://www.newsmeat.com/fec/bystate_detail.php?st=IL&last=McKenna&first=Andrew&city=&zip=&xst=&next=100

Federal Election Commission database (searchable):
MCKENNA, ANDREW J JR
MORTON GROVE, IL 60053
SCHWARZ PAPER CO
DURBIN, RICHARD J VIA FRIENDS OF DICK DURBIN COMMITTEE
10/28/1999 1000.00 20020011458
10/28/1999 1000.00 20020011458

“Andy McKenna’s manipulation of the members of the State Central Committee, his concealment of his conflicts of interest, and his seeming efforts to confuse campaign contributions by his father—who also gave campaign cash to Barack Obama—have made a joke of the Republican Party’s leadership. McKenna’s Durbin cash is clearly delineated as cash given by ‘Jr.’

“McKenna and his father have only one interest, one goal in politics, the ‘Combine’s’ interest, to give cash and to get political favors in return. Durbin was already known as a flaming liberal when McKenna gave Durbin cash—over and over again.

“The fact that McKenna convened a State Central Committee meeting earlier this month, without a printed agenda, and then made an oral motion to endorse his stooge who is being used to undermine Republicans and reelect Durbin, calls into question the competence of every SCC member. Dr. Steve Durbinberg should be cast out of the Republican Party as an imposter and fraud.

“I call on McKenna to resign and, if he does not do so, appropriate action will be taken against every SCC member who participated in McKenna’s corrupt endorsement. For shame.

“How can Illinois news media, particularly newspapers, be
conducting ‘endorsement’ interviews of senate candidates without being aware or being made aware that McKenna, who is sponsoring Sauerberg, has been a Durbin supporter and is using his stooge Durbinberg to corrupt the February 5th primary?

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Telephone news conference:

Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950

Participant code: 2090340

WHEN: Friday, December 28, 2007 2:00 P.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin attacks Durbin Contributor Andy McKenna
for corrupting the Illinois Republican Party and State
Central Committee, calls for McKenna’s resignation and threatens committee members for conspiring to endorse Durbin stooge in the Republican primary

MEDIA
CONTACT: (866) 706-2639

WEBSITES: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com. Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Web site: AndyforUSSenator.com.

Andy Martin says his opponent, “Gun control Sauerberg,” lies about Sauerberg’s “health care” plan to reward rich doctors

December 21, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2007

“GUN CONTROL SAUERBERG” LIES AGAIN ABOUT HEALTH CARE

SAUERBERG TRIES TO DENY THAT HIS “HEALTH” PLAN TO ENRICH WEALTHY DOCTORS WOULD DEPRIVE VICTIMS OF MEDICAL MALPRACTICE OF JURY TRIALS

(CHICAGO)(December 20, 2007) Dr. Steve Sauerberg, the increasingly embarrassing puppet of Illinois Republican leader Andy McKenna and a cabal of corrupt statewide Republicans, was lying again Thursday night, and standing silent again before a group of northeastern Illinois gun owners and sportsmen.

At a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club and attended by numerous candidates, Sauerberg blatantly lied about his “health plan,” whose real purpose is intended to make wealthy doctors’ bank balances even healthier.

Challenged by Andy Martin on Sauerberg’s plan to deny victims of medical malpractice jury trials, Sauerberg responded “My plan would not deny ‘trials’…” Indeed. Sauerberg’s “trials” would be conducted by panels dominated by doctors, and conducted in secret, not in public before a judge and jury. In Sauerberg’s own words (his “Scoop”) here’s the “Scoop:” (be sure to bring a pooper scooper):

Under the Sauerberg Your Healthcare – Your Choice plan, the federal government will offer financial assistance to states to establish Administrative Health Courts tasked with determining whether a healthcare provider is responsible for a patient’s injury in each medical malpractice case, and if so, what remedy is appropriate. Administrative Health Courts will be chaired by a citizen’s advocate and consist of a panel of six independent experts – three legal experts and three medical experts – that will be tasked with making a determination about the case. Access to state appellate courts will be available if either party is unhappy with decisions made by Administrative Health Courts. However, a party appealing a decision of the Administrative Health Court will have to agree to pay the costs associated with defending the appeal if the appeal failed in state court.

SOURCE: http://www.sauerbergforussenate.com/newsDetail.aspx?newsID=2435

“Administrative Health Courts?” says Martin. “Sauerberg’s plan is just plain looney. He can’t take away the constitutional right to a jury trial. That’s nuts. The only thing Dr. Sauerberg wants to do is blow kisses–and cash–at his wealthy colleagues. And he says Durbin is for special interests? The fact that Sauerberg is now forced to lie about his health plan, and to mislead voters, is a sure sign he knows his campaign is dead. Bakacht. How can a Republican candidate stand up and say he favors ‘special rights’ and ‘special privileges,’ only for doctors who are sued? I thought Republicans were against ‘special rights’ and ‘special privileges.’”

Martin noted that that after he challenged Sauerberg on Sauerberg’s plan for more gun control, Sauerberg did not deny the accusation. “It was surreal,” says Martin. “I got up in front of a bunch of gun owners and told them Sauerberg wanted ‘a little’ more gun control and Sauerberg did not deny the accusation.
[Source: Daily Herald, August 2, 2007 http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=11341%5D

“He was probably still trembling from having to lie about his ‘jury trial’ denial to victims of medical malpractice. Sauerberg’s failure to deny that he favors more gun control is the equivalent of Sherlock Holmes’ ‘dog that didn’t bark.’

“Sauerberg’s lies and fumbling are typical of what happens when rich people decide to buy political nominations. Sauerberg has no visible qualifications to face a political heavyweight such as Dick Durbin and he is making a laughingstock of himself. And the Republican Party leaders who ‘endorsed’ this clown? What does that say about what they are? Clowns,” says Martin.

“The Sportsmen’s Club recorded the candidate session. Maybe they will release the tape to confirm my accusations. Or maybe Sauerberg will not deny them, again,” Martin chortled.

COMING NEXT: Andy McKenna’s Latest Dirty Tricks.
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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He is Executive Editor of ContrarianCommentary.com. Comments and columns also posted at AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com, AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com. MEDIA CONTACT: (312) 440-4124

Andy Martin calls on Steve Sauerberg to withdraw as U. S. Senate candidate

December 20, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2007

ANDY MARTIN ISSUES CALL FOR DR. STEVE SAUERBERG TO STEP DOWN AS CANDIDATE, SAYS THE DOCTOR IS AN EMBARRASSMENT, ESPECIALLY TO HIS SUPPORTERS BUT TO ALSO TO EVERY ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN

CONFRONTATION EXPECTED THURSDAY NIGHT AT AURORA SPORTSMEN’S CLUB CANDIDATE FORUM

“SAUERBERG IS PROPOSING TO TAKE AWAY YOUR SEVENTH AMENDMENT, AND YOUR ILLINOIS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS; WHAT’S NEXT?” MARTIN WILL ASK GUN OWNERS

(CHICAGO)(December 20, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidates Andy Martin and his principal opponent Dr. Steve Sauerberg will collide Thursday evening at a candidates’ forum sponsored by the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club in Sugar Grove. Martin will call on Sauerberg to withdraw as a candidate because Sauerberg is an embarrassment to every Illinois Republican.

“What were they thinking when they coaxed ‘Dr. Steve’ to run against me,” Martin will ask. “Who will take the blame for this fiasco?”

“Steve Sauerberg claims he is not a ‘special interest’ candidate,” http://www.sauerbergforussenate.com/newsDetail.aspx?newsID=2720
Martin will state. “But his first major proposal was a ‘health plan’ to deny victims of medical malpractice jury trials, to give doctors special rights when they are sued. His first proposal was a special interest gift to his medical colleagues and contributors. Sauerberg makes Durbin look like a beacon of integrity, a paragon of political virtue. Yeekh.

“Sauerberg’s idea is legally defective and morally wrong. His ‘plan’ to do away with jury trials and to substitute ‘Administrative Health Courts’ when doctors are sued is flagrantly unconstitutional. http://www.sauerbergforussenate.com/newsDetail.aspx?newsID=2435

“Who dreams up this nonsense for Sauerberg?

“What he really wants is to protect the financial health of wealthy doctors, not the health of malpractice victims.
Sauerberg’s ideas are the epitome of chutzpah, for a doctor to propose shielding other doctors from liability for their malpractice, by taking away jury trials from the American People. What was this man thinking? What were the people thinking who proposed this clown as a candidate for statewide office?

“I call on Steve Sauerberg to step down as a candidate, and I suggest he ask that his name be removed from the ballot.

“I have this to say to the members of the Aurora Sportsmen’s Club: If Dr. Steve will take away you Seventh Amendment rights and your Illinois Constitutional rights, what will he give up next? The answer is obvious. In August, Sauerberg waffled on ‘assault weapons’ and Second Amendment rights. He should be running against Durbin–in the Democratic primary. [Source: Daily Herald, August 2, 2007 http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=11341%5D Sauerberg was quoted as saying he is not a ‘big gun control guy.’ Does that mean he is ‘a little’ gun control guy? What gives?

“Sauerberg thinks he can play games with Durbin and the Democrats. But he can’t hide his cockamamie health plan. He took the genie out of the bottle himself. In over forty years in politics, I have never seen a more incompetent, a more embarrassing candidate at the statewide level than Dr. Steve.

“Steve, before the ballot closes it’s time to say by, by. And go back to being a rich doctor. Take the million dollars you promised to spend on your campaign, and run. For the door,” Martin will state.
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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He is Executive Editor of ContrarianCommentary.com. Comments and columns also posted at AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com, AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com. MEDIA CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; Cell phone (917) 664-9329.

Bungling the Economy, Part One, by Andy Martin

December 18, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Note: I originally distributed this column on August 10th. You may have missed it at the time. Look again. I think you will agree my analysis was prescient, and accurately predicted the chaos to come. The economic tragedy is still unfolding. As a trained economist who worked for a senator who was a great economist, I have the unique qualifications to confront Dick Durbin on his incompetent leadership in the senate. Look for my second installment, Part Two, this week.
Andy Martin]

CONTRARIAN COMMENTARY FOR AUGUST 10, 2007

HOW DEMOCRATS AND REPUBLICANS ARE BUNGLING THE ECONOMY, A TWO-PART SERIES:

PART ONE: WHY BUSH IS WRONG ON THE ECONOMY, FINANCIAL MARKETS AND THE HOUSING INDUSTRY

THE “LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES” ENDANGERS WALL STREET AS WELL AS MAIN STREET

(Chicago, August 10, 2007) A hundred years ago, financial contractions were called “panics.” When the stock market collapsed and the economy faltered in 1929-1930, President Hoover assured citizens not to worry. There would be no “panic,” only a little “depression.” The Great Depression which followed threatened the very foundations of the United States. The “little ‘depression’” that turned into the “Great Depression” scarred more than a generation of Americans.

I don’t think we are on the verge of an economic collapse. Far from it. But I also think that both Democrats and Republicans are bungling the economy. The worst may be yet to come.

The unsettled conditions in financial markets are the result of government-induced errors, not family financial errors. The little people are paying the price for Washington’s mismanagement. Earlier this year, government officials began to criticize conditions in the “sub-prime” mortgage markets. Sub-prime borrowers are those individuals who for various reasons do not have the highest credit rating. Lending to such persons is admittedly slightly more risky than lending to affluent consumers. But only a tiny fraction of sub-prime loans were delinquent when regulators triggered a panic.

The sub-prime mortgage market did not originate in thin air. For decades, since the Great Depression, the policy of both Republicans and Democrats has been to encourage and expand home ownership. Home ownership has been growing and recently reached record levels, before starting to taper off. So government allowed lenders to lend, and allowed markets to function, in furtherance of a national economic policy to encourage home ownership. And it worked. There is nothing like owning your own home.

When the “panic” began earlier this year, financial columnists predicted that an overextended dollar could prove very troublesome. That is, Americans as an economy were consuming more than we were saving, and some day we would have to pay the piper. Ironically, the “housing boom” was helping to stabilize the economy, because housing demand meant mortgage demand, and mortgage demand sucked up excess liquidity (available funds) in the world economy. The United States was a good place to invest. It still is.

But regulators decided to “crack down” on the nonexistent “excesses” in the sub-prime market. There were relatively few excesses and minimal fraud. Rather, some people were overextended; and some mortgages were due to be adjusted to reflect higher market rates. The higher “market” rates, however, were not due to any misfeasance by homeowners. Rather, market rates were increasing to finance the ever-growing deficit economy of the United States. So consumers were being asked to pay higher mortgage rates to finance a deficit that they were consuming. And they are now expected to lose their homes to protect and correct the economy. Go figure.

But consumers were not the only people who were overextended. As so often happens in life, regulators shot at one target, and inadvertently hit someone else. Regulators wanted to “crack down” on sub-prime borrowers, who were really not that much of a problem. Yes, delinquency rates were higher for sub-prime borrowers; but those delinquencies could have been worked through on a gentle basis by individual lenders. When the government demanded action, lenders were forced to tighten up. The result: a government-created panic in which low income consumers were largely the innocent victims.

But they were not the biggest victims. Inadvertently, the tightening of credit standards for small borrowers lead to a weakening of the worldwide financial markets where billions and billions of dollars are traded daily. That’s when the law of unintended consequences kicked in. Instead of shaking only the foundations of sub-prime borrowers, federal regulators have endangered the foundations of the very financial system they were trying to protect.

First the small sub-prime lenders began to fail. Then dominoes started falling, unnecessarily and inadvertently. Wall Street vultures moved in to profit from the misery of Main Street. But soon the failures became larger and larger, and in time the vultures themselves were swallowed by the emerging panic. Greed begat greed begat chaos and possible collapse.

Yesterday. President Bush tried to “calm the markets.” Usually, when business executives or politicians try to “calm markets” they have precisely the opposite effect. Just ask President Hoover. Bush said he expected a “soft landing” for the economy. I’m not so sure.

First, I am not certain the president understands “markets.” Initially, markets are driven by greed, “good” greed to make a profit, to establish financial stability. Eventually emotion and excess take over. Markets, however, rarely correct on a balanced basis. Rather, excess is the linchpin of market “corrections.”

The president thinks that we may have a “little ‘depression’” in the financial markets. It could become worse. Few observers predicted or expected the tech collapse of 1999-2000. Solid companies were swallowed up in the panic that consumed the week enterprises. Today, people who only recently touted homebuilding stocks are contemplating bankruptcies by the same companies.

I have seen this chaotic and uncontrolled situation develop over the past few months while versions of this column were drafted. I think the president is wrong on two grounds. Maybe I can help him by explaining his mistaken assumptions.

First, having successfully pushed a homeownership policy, he should now stretch himself and the Republican Party to protect these new homeowners. He should not be diluting or endangering his successful homeownership legacy. What are Republicans about if not encouraging economic opportunity and risk taking?

Second, relying on the market to correct itself, when the market imbalances were created by government regulators and government excesses, may be unrealistic.

As a young law student, I studied one of the landmark Supreme Court decisions of the Great Depression, Home Building & Loan v. Blaisdell, 290 U. S. 398 (1934). The divided 5-4 court allowed states to modify contracts to prevent foreclosures. Sitting back and naively expecting “markets” to correct excesses that were triggered by government mismanagement of the economy is, to me, unrealistic. We need to act.

Expecting people whom the president characterized as having failed to read the “fine print,” and in need of “financial education,” to bear the brunt of government’s mistaken economic policies is inhumane.

The first step, always, is to admit and confess a mistake was made. Then corrective action can begin. Our own financial profligacy as a nation has created perilous times. But that is no excuse to do nothing. We are still the masters of our own economy. We can acknowledge that regulators attacked a minor problem and have created a major problem. And we can fix the problem.

We, that is the American people and the U. S. government, encouraged people to buy homes and borrow money. Now we want to stand back and do nothing because other financial conditions we created are bearing down on homeowners? I do not believe we are or should be so helpless or callous.

Republicans should awaken to the challenge, and come to the assistance of homeowners. I do not believe that sitting back while people are thrown on the streets and lose their homes—and lose their faith in the American Dream–is what Americans should tolerate. We should realize that mistaken government policies created the excesses, and we should try to engineer a soft landing instead of standing idly by and hoping the market engineers a “soft landing” all by itself. It won’t.

How about it, President Bush?

TOMORROW: PART TWO: THE DEMOCRATS ALSO BUNGLED THE ECONOMY

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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. He is a chronicler of all things Midwestern and the authentic Voice of Middle America. Copyright Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and international politics with forty years of personal experience. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. He holds a B.S. in Economic History and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Illinois. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639 Web sites: AndyforUSSenator.com

Andy Martin news conferences in Rockford, Rock Island, Peoria launch “One Illinois” high-speed rail plan

December 12, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DECEMBER 12

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN UNVEILS “ONE ILLINOIS” RAIL PLAN TO BRING HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE TO ROCKFORD, QUAD CITIES, PEORIA

ENHANCED NETWORK WOULD STRETCH FROM INDIANAPOLIS TO THE QUAD CITIES, FROM MILWAUKEE TO ST. LOUIS AND CARBONDALE

“THE ISSUE IS ON THE CAMPAIGN AGENDA!” SAYS MARTIN “ALL ABOARD”

(CHICAGO)(December 12, 2007) U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold news conferences in Rockford, Rock Island and Peoria Thursday, December 13th to announce his plans for new high-speed dedicated rail passenger service linking cities in the Midwest.

“I am very proud to once again be of service to the People of Illinois by proposing the only comprehensive, statewide program to unite our great state with ‘One Illinois,’” Martin will state. “We need to build dedicated rail high-speed passenger service if Illinois’ economy is to recover and prosper. The issue is on the campaign agenda! As long as I am a candidate I will fight for Midwest high-speed rail service.

“The incumbent has had a quarter century to do something; he has done very little. Both parties are at fault. And the people have suffered. Families are torn apart as young graduates move on to cities to find jobs and opportunities. Local economies wither. Hope is lost, futures diminished.

“The State of Illinois is ‘studying’ new rail service but they are not studying a dedicated rail high-speed network. More of the same will not do. We need a 21st century system for a 21st century economy.

“For too long we have thought of Illinois as a series of principalities and powers, the City, the suburbs and ‘Downstate.’ If this state is going to regain its national significance and economic power, we must begin to think as ‘One Illinois.’

“Unlike most candidates, that blow hot air, or yell ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ and do little else, I can point to ‘concrete’ results: The Chicago Tribune recognized in 1978 my successful fight to upgrade US 51 to interstate standards. I succeeded where others had failed. Today Interstate 39 is testimony to my ability to get things done.

“My proposal improves service from Chicago to Carbondale via Champaign, and north to Milwaukee, east to Indianapolis and west to the Quad Cities.

“We need to invest in Illinois’ future and our families’ futures. ‘One Illinois’ is a blueprint that will guide me as a U. S. Senator in Washington. All Aboard!”

ROCKFORD NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Main entrance, Winnebago County Courthouse
400 W. State Street (look for easel outside)
Rockford

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13, 2007 8:45 A.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin vows to extend high-speed dedicated
rail passenger service to Rockford, Rock Island and Peoria as part of a new Midwest network

ROCK ISLAND NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHERE: Main entrance, Rock Island County Courthouse
210 15th Street (parking lot) (look for easel outside)
Rock Island

WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2007 11:45 A.M.

PEORIA NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHERE: Main Street entrance, Peoria County Courthouse
324 Main Street (look for easel outside)
Peoria

WHEN: Thursday, December 13, 2007 2:45 P.M.

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124 Cell phone (917) 664-9329

(Cell phone conference/contacts all day)

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He is Executive Editor of ContrarianCommentary.com. Comments and columns also posted at AndyforUSSenator.blogspot.com, AndyforUSSenator.wordpress.com, ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com.

Andy Martin says he is “free at last” to tell the truth about the moribund Illinois Republican Party leadership

December 9, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
Executive Editor
ContrarianCommentary.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN THANKS HIS OPPONENTS FOR ENDORSING THE “BIGGEST LOSER IN ILLINOIS POLITICAL HISTORY”

“MCKENNA’S MUNCHKINS” ARE LEADING REPUBLICANS TO DEFEAT, MARTIN SAYS.

BURSTS OF LAUGHER GREET “ENDORSEMENT” BY MORIBUND GOP CABAL

(CHICAGO)(December 8, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin greeted the endorsement of his primary opponent by a secret cabal of GOP leaders as “the biggest joke in Illinois political history.” Martin responded to a column posted on ChicagoTribune.com by Rick Pearson, a Tribune reporter who is known as a toady of the old guard Republican leadership. Martin will hold a telephone news conference Sunday, December 9th to announce further responses (details below).

“When I was invited to a ‘debate’ at the Chicago Tribune last week, and neither Sauerberg nor Pearson showed their faces, I suspected the ‘fix’ was in. And apparently it was,” Martin said.

“The endorsement of my opponent by my opponents is not a vote of confidence, it is an act of desperation,” Martin stated. “Sauerberg’s supporters have become frightened by his totally incompetent campaign and his inability to project any presence as a candidate. They think they can salvage the primary by endorsing a dead duck.

“Now we can have a real primary, and a real fight for the future of the Republican Party. As long as the Andy McKennas and Torbert Chisums and all of the other unelected ‘leaders’ of this party exercise control, the Republican Party will be a joke.

“Primary voters now have a clear choice, between McKenna’s past, and his destructive efforts to make the Republican Party into the ‘Combine Party,’ and my plans to open up the party and to develop a future where candidates can work together to win elections. Up until now, we have all had to play ‘nice’ with each other. But since McKenna has many more enemies in the Republican Party than I do, McKenna has made a classic mistake in showing his true colors.

“McKenna has thrown down the gauntlet, and I willingly
accept. If voters want a future, they can vote for me and vote for an aggressive campaign to confront Dick Durbin and his anti-American carnival.

“If voters want to destroy what remains of the party, and allow it to wither into irrelevance, Steve Sauerberg is their champion. I relish the prospect of an up-or-down vote, and I welcome the opportunity to take my case to primary voters, not self-selected party bosses.

“How this putrid deed was orchestrated is instructive. No one announced that any endorsement was on the agenda. It was a secret, planned stab-in-the-back set up by McKenna and his Munchkins. They concealed their plans so no one could challenge them, held a rump endorsement session in violation of Republican Party rules, and had their lapdog Rick Pearson at their side to announce the results and write his usual smears.

“Pearson made no effort to contact opposing campaigns to
get reaction comment. He is an embarrassment to the Tribune.

“I say it’s ‘politics as usual’ in the Illinois GOP. It bears emphasizing that these ‘state committeemen,’ unlike their Democratic Party counterparts, are not elected by voters and are not accountable to voters. Rather, party leaders vote for themselves to be their own leaders. This is not democracy. This is classic ‘Combine’ politics.

“In any event, I humbly thank Andy McKenna and his Munchkins (Elves?) for playing Santa Claws before Christmas. They have given me the best gift anyone could want: a open highway to primary voters to tell them the truth about the corrupt and incompetent leadership of their party, and the urgent need for a total change in leadership. I have one thing to say to McKenna and Co. ‘Ho, ho, ho.’

“I will have my delayed present for them on February 5th, and they will not be happy campers when they receive it. As for me, I’m ‘free at last’ to run against the corrupt leadership of my party, and to work to rebuild the Republican presence in Illinois. Desperate men took desperate steps today; they will live to regret their actions when the votes are counted on Election Day,” Martin chortled.

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Telephone news conference:

Toll-free call-in number: (866) 295-5950

Participant code: 2090340

WHEN: Sunday, December 9, 2007 2:00 P.M. (CDT)

WHAT: Andy Martin attacks corrupt ‘endorsement’
by his Republican opponents

MEDIA
CONTACT: (866) 706-2639

WEBSITES: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com. Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Web site: AndyforUSSenator.com.

Andy Martin demands bipartisan investigation of CIA torture tape destruction

December 8, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

ATTENTION: ASSIGNMENT/DAYBOOK EDITORS

ANNOUNCEMENT OF NEWS CONFERENCE

U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN DEMANDS BIPARTISAN INVESTIGATION OF CIA TAPE DESTRUCTION

MARTIN SAYS TORTURE HAS DISHONORED THE UNITED STATES, JOINS SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN IN CALLING FOR THE PRESIDENT TO SIGN ANTI-TORTURE LEGISLATION

(CHICAGO)(December 8, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin will hold a sidewalk news conference Saturday, December 8 to announce that he has joined calls for an investigation of CIA tape destruction.

“I want to underscore my own concern that CIA records were destroyed,” Martin will state. “Like most government agencies, the CIA destroys almost nothing. The claim that the head of DO directed the destruction of tapes is simply not believable. He must be sworn and interrogated. The fact that the existence of the tapes was concealed from the 9/11 Commission is also unbelievable. The argument that the CIA was protecting the identities of interrogators is an insult to the intelligence.

“I am asking the Attorney General to investigate, and I would also suggest that Congress consider creating a bipartisan committee or special commission to investigate the destruction of this evidence. What we do not need to tear this country apart on a partisan basis.

“Republicans should be just as outraged as Democrats that evidence was destroyed, that government agencies (9/11 Commission) and, apparently, courts were deceived. As a former judge, the Attorney General is obviously aware of the seriousness of those implications.

“Senator John McCain and I are of one mind as to the uselessness and counter productivity of torture. There are many ways to deal with recalcitrant witnesses and torturing them is not one of the options. The fact that tapes of these abominations existed, and that conflicting claims are now being made as to who was notified and when, is just the latest installment in a tawdry series of disclosures about an essential government agency that was misused and abused for political purposes during the Iraq era. Make no mistake, we need the CIA, and almost all of the people who work at the CIA are honest and honorable and decent. I have met Porter Goss and I would be very surprised if his hands are dirty. The full truth has to come out to condemn the evil doers, and to exonerate the innocent.

“What no one has yet asked is, ‘Where were the tapes made?’ I think that is the first question I want answered. Were these ‘interrogations’ performed in Amman, as I suspect? Somewhere else? We need a full disclosure of the relevant facts. To date all we have had is another installment of cover-up. I believe that copies of these tapes still exist. We need to coax out these copies from those who have them.

“I strongly support the bipartisan proposal which is going through Congress to ban torture and to disassociate the United States from any questionable techniques in the future. I strongly urge the President to sign such legislation and to avoid any threats of a veto.

“Horrendous mistakes have been made. Shameful mistakes. Disgraceful mistakes. As a nation we have been dishonored by those who claimed super powers to ignore the constitution, to violate our laws and to attack the core of our democracy, which is respect for human rights and due process of law. We have laws and we have courts precisely because we cannot trust individuals who hold temporal and temporary power to hold the lines clear and true between that which is allowed and that which is condemned.

“That I why Senator McCain and I stand shoulder to shoulder in demanding an end to torture or the acceptance and toleration of torture. We have seen the consequences.

“I am sure we do not remotely have the entire truth even yet. But we must begin and continue the process of reconciliation and disclosure. The truth can set us free, but only if we expose and confront the truth. The events of the past couple of days indicate that some people in Washington still do not realize it is truth-telling time.

“Finally, on a political level, in a few days we will enter a new year, and a new political calendar. Republican candidates should not be asked to campaign while bearing the burden of continuing disclosures about abhorrent activity. The sooner the full truth is out, the better. If politicians understand little else, they do understand self-preservation,” Martin will state.

NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS:

WHO: U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin

WHERE: Sidewalk news conference, Southeast Corner
of Huron & Wabash Streets (St. James cathedral)
(or inside if necessary)

WHEN: Saturday, December 8, 2007 11:00 A.M.

WHAT: Andy Martin joins demands for investigation of CIA
tape destruction

MEDIA
CONTACT: (312) 440-4124; Cell (917) 664-9329

WEBSITE: AndyforUSSenator.com

E-MAIL: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com
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Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and media critic Andy Martin is the Executive Editor and publisher of ContrarianCommentary.com. © Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Martin covers regional, national and world events with forty years of experience. He has almost 40 years of experience in the Middle East and served in Baghdad during 2003 as a bureau chief; he has written extensively for intelligence web sites based on his experiences in Viet-Nam and the Middle East. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Columns also posted at ContrarianCommentary.blogspot.com; contrariancommentary.wordpress.com. Comments? E-mail: AndyMart20@aol.com. Media contact: (866) 706-2639. Web sites: ContrarianCommentary.com.

Andy Martin is ready to lead Illinois Republicans in the U. S. Senate campaign against Dick Durbin

December 7, 2007

ANDY MARTIN
“He Works for the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406, 30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
Toll-free tel. (866) 706-ANDY
Toll-free fax (866) 707-ANDY
Web site: http://www.AndyforUSSenator.com
E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com

December 6, 2007

Mark Thompson, Esq.
Maine Township Committeeman
MTRRO
via fax and e-mail

Dear Mark:

I want to thank you for inviting me to your endorsement session on December 13th. I desperately would like to come because it appears to me you are conducting a fair procedure. That is to the credit of your committee.

But, you know as an attorney, scheduling is everything. We had already planned a statewide series of news conferences for the 13th concerning a very important regional topic. We have locked in commitments that can’t be changed. I don’t think we will be back until 8:00 P.M. at the earliest.

I am going to try and send a surrogate, but I generally I like to come in person. My experiences are somewhat unique and it is hard to transmit them via someone else.

I wonder if there is any way I could be heard on a speaker phone? I could call in from the road as we are returning from Peoria.

I don’t know where you stand on the McKenna wars, but I have tried to deal quietly with Andy. It hasn’t worked. Unfortunately, he keeps trying to promote my principal opponent for the nomination. Reluctantly, I have given up on Andy McKenna being a fair and impartial chairman in the primary.

My impression of Steve Sauerberg is that Steve is a decent guy. I have not conducted a negative campaign against him, nor do I have any plans to do so.

But you as an attorney know how important the right to trial by jury is in our Illinois Constitution and in the U.S. Constitution. Sauerberg wants to abolish trial by jury to protect doctors from malpractice liability. You can see his proposal on his website; this claim is not something I dreamed up. If Sauerberg is willing to give up on the Seventh Amendment, what’s next on his hit list? The Second Amendment?

First, it is obscene that a doctor who claims he is running to demonstrate higher morals than Durbin, manifests the same low morals as Durbin by promoting special interest legislation that would benefit him and his doctor friends, and serve him as a fund-raising tool with wealthy contributors. In Springfield we used to call that kind of proposal a “fetcher,” because it was being used to “fetch” campaign contributions.

Second, as you also know, abolition of jury trials for medical malpractice would clearly require an amendment to the Illinois Constitution. There is no way the People of this state are going to surrender their right to a jury trial. It won’t happen. So not only is Sauerberg promoting special interest legislation for himself and his doctor friends, he is trying to sell pie-in—the-sky that makes him (and anyone who “endorses” him) look like a laughingstock.

Finally, Steve is a rookie. He would never suggest that you go to a doctor who had never seen a patient before, but he is perfectly comfortable trying to join the political process by running for the third highest national office. (President, Vice, U. S. Senator). Steve constantly manifests lack of experience. Running against a powerful pro like Durbin is no time for the Republican Party to nominate a rookie. A U. S. Senate campaign is no place for on-the-job training or amateur hour. Durbin & Co. are going to make Steve look bad, very bad, for promoting legislation in which he has a conflict of interest; that’s what abolishing jury trials and amending the Constitution would do.

And so while I assume Steve is a nice guy, and that is my honest impression of him, he has already reflected embarrassing inexperience in his campaign, and locked himself into proposals that makes him look bad.

I am a powerful campaigner who knows how to hit Do-Nothing Durbin hard. Next year I celebrate forty (40) years of broadcasting experience (1968-2008). I repeat, a U. S. Senate race is no place for beginners. Moreover, my experience in the Middle East and in fighting corruption provide a unique opportunity to confront Durbin on his poor record in those areas. See AndyforUSSenator.com.

And so I close with what I said at the start about Steve: I think he is a nice guy, and I bear him no ill will. But he is simply in way, way over his head in trying to start in politics by running against the Democrats’ champion and an acknowledged campaign pro, Durbin.

I would like to distribute this letter to your committeemen in case I am unable to make it to your meeting. Is there any way you could e-mail it for me?

I have stated my case simply and directly. I find it is best to be honest and straightforward. That is the way I have campaigned for the nomination, and that is the way I will campaign against Durbin starting February 6th. That is the only way to beat Durbin. I know him well; we worked in the same office.

And, if you don’t believe I know how to run against Dick Durbin, remember thirty years ago the Chicago Tribune said I knew how to campaign like no one else. I have improved since then. I am at the top of my game. Sadly, Sauerberg has no game. No one can seriously suggest he is a “campaigner.” If you don’t believe me, just listen to him on the 13th. Can you really confer an “endorsement” on him? I don’t think so.

Again, if there is any way you can distribute this letter for me, I would appreciate it. I want to thank you for your invitation and hope you conduct a fair and above board endorsement process. Frankly, my preference would be that MTRRO endorse no one for the senate.

Please feel free to call me, or have any of your committeemen, call me on the phone. Unlike Sauerberg, you can actually get me on the phone.

With warmest holiday wishes for your committee, and best regards for your celebration,

Sincerely yours,

ANDY

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Andy Martin claims big victory against Associated Press, Chicago Tribune in court hearing

December 5, 2007

NEWS FROM:
ANDY MARTIN
“He works for
the People of Illinois”
Republican for U. S. Senator
Suite 4406
30 E. Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611-4723
(312) 440-4124

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

ASSOCIATED PRESS ADMITS TO CENSORING U. S. SENATE CANDIDATE ANDY MARTIN

CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S ATTORNEYS SUGGEST LEGAL BILLS HAVE EXCEEDED $250,000 IN FIGHTING MARTIN’S CHARGES OF MEDIA BIAS

MARTIN CLAIMS “BIG WIN” AS COURT HEARING EXPOSES MEDIA BIAS AND CORRUPTION; “CENSOR THIS!” ANDY SAYS

“I’M GOING TO WIN THE NOMINATION WITHOUT EITHER THE AP OR THE TRIBUNE, AND PUT BOTH OF THEIR TITS IN THE WRINGER,” “COUNTRYPOLITAN” CANDIDATE SAYS

(CHICAGO)(December 5, 2007) Republican U. S. Senate candidate Andy Martin today said he was pleased after a nasty Chicago court hearing in which the Associated Press admitted to censoring Martin’s campaign, and the Chicago Tribune charged Martin was punishing the newspaper financially.

“Today was a sad day for the Associated Press,” Martin stated. “The AP got up in open court and admitted they were lying to their newspaper subscribers, and lying to their readers. They said they had a ‘right to lie’ and censor the news, and cited a 1922 Lenin-era court opinion for their ‘right’ to do so. A lot has changed since 1920, and I doubt many subscribers to the AP are aware that the company has internal policies censoring some candidates. I have ‘news’ for the AP. Not-for-profit news organizations do not have the right to publish propaganda masquerading as news and receive tax benefits. Or lie to their readers. Courts are not helpless to intervene, as they were 90 years ago.

“The Tribune’s Christi Parsons attacked me in the Tribune’s Sunday Magazine. Parsons did not contact me before running the paper’s latest smear. She didn’t want to be bothered with either the facts or the truth. Some reporter; she publishes lies instead of the truth. What she was really publishing was Durbin propaganda. What about the Tribune’s giant picture of Durbin in the toy store? Or the giant picture of Durbin at the beekeeping enterprise? This is news? This is Tribune/Durbin propaganda.

“The Chicago Tribune’s lawyers hissed that the paper had spent a quarter of a million dollars defending my accusations of rigged polls. I offered to settle the case almost two years ago, but these arrogant million-dollar-law firms want to keep fighting and keep billing. The Chicago Tribune’s General Counsel was in court today. I guess they are taking the case very seriously. When you offer to settle, and the lawyers want to fight, whassup? You guessed it. The ‘Combine’ wants to strangle my campaign the way they are strangling the People of Illinois.

“People know me as a reasonable person who has run a clean, hard hitting campaign for senator. What are they going to do when I win the primary and stand next to Durbin? Abandon Lenin and adopt Stalinist-era tactics and clip me out of their pictures?

“Judge Stuart Palmer became enraged when I said I had exposed the Tribune’s questionable polling firm, and put the Tribune’s ‘tit in the wringer.’ Well, what can you expect from a crooked Cook County ‘Combine’ judge? Justice? Phooey.

“I was the clear winner of the court hearing because I exposed the venom and corruption of the AP’s and Tribune’s reporting against me. A transcript of the court hearing is being prepared.

“The more the media fight me, the stronger I become. People have lost faith in the ‘mainstream media.’ They can censor their newspapers and news services, but they have lost the power to censor the truth. And the truth is out there, everywhere. Andy Martin is fighting for the little people and working families in both parties, while Hollywood Durbin is the king of fund raising and special interests.

“I have something to say to the AP and Tribune: Censor This!” Martin chortled.

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© Copyright by Andy Martin 2007. Chicago-based Martin holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. Comments? E-mail: AndyforUSSenator@aol.com. Media contact: (312) 440-4124. Web site: AndyforUSSenator.com.